Mark Sanderson

Mark Sanderson - Senior Venue Manager; The Palm

Mark has worked at our Sunderland site for over 5 years after finishing his degree. Since then he’s worked on a massive range of duties and projects and has been a key player in some of our new venues’ biggest openings as part of the senior management team.

  • October 2011 – Bartender (Liberty Brown)
  • May 2012 – Duty Manager (Liberty Brown)
  • November 2015 – Senior Venue Manager (Liberty Brown & Saucy Burger)
  • General Manager (Liberty Brown & Saucy Burger)

What’s been your favourite project you’ve worked on at Apartment Group?

I’m thankful that I’ve been a major part of opening two new venues on our Sunderland site. Giving input on food and drinks menus, training and recruiting staff, marketing and operational planning, I was able to put my mark on every stage of this process and it really drove my development.

We’re constantly working on new things to better our offering and drive revenue and it’s great to know that in a year’s time, many of our ideas may have become reality.


What do you love most about your job?

The opportunity to get involved with everything at an operational level is a massive ‘pro’ for me.  My ideas are always taken seriously and I’m given control over my own projects

I’m always developing new skills that make me a better manager and with our group’s expansion plans and constant growth, I know I’ll be in a strong position to run my own venue as General Manager sooner than I could with any other company.


What makes Apartment Group different?

The amount of ownership and autonomy I’m given over venue operations is something which would be very different to managing a chain pub or other outlet. When you work hard and prove yourself, you’re entrusted with a lot and also if you want to try your hand at something outside your job role, you’re not only supported, but encouraged!

It’s also great to be able to visit our other venues in Newcastle, by the coast and in Otterburn. Whether it’s business or pleasure, it’s a refreshing break from the norm to see how our other venues are running.


Mark's Words of Wisdom...

Every voice is listened to in this company; from bottom to top. If you have an idea, voice it and everyone will do their utmost to make it reality.

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